June 15 (UPI) — Tampa Bay Rays ace Tyler Glasnow considers Major League Baseball’s crackdown on foreign materials contributed to his partly torn ulnar collateral ligament and flexor tendon strain injuries.
Ahead of MLB’s new initiative, Glasnow told reporters Tuesday that he stopped using sunscreen — the sole foreign substance he stated he has ever used — two starts ago and expert soreness because of needing to correct his grip on the ball. He did the same in his outing against the Chicago White Sox on Monday and felt something”pop.”
“I switched my fastball grip and my curveball grip,” Glasnow explained. “I had to put my fastball deeper into my hand and grip it way harder. Instead of holding my curveball at the tip of my fingers, I had to dig it deeper into my hand. I’m choking the [expletive] out of all my pitches.”
Glasnow exited Monday’s game against the White Sox after just four innings. He said that he understands what MLB is trying to achieve by preventing players from using Spider Tack and other sticky substances, but he’s a problem with creating the shift in the center of the season and eliminating everything all at once.
The league educated clubs Tuesday that pitchers will be subject to random tests and could confront ejections, fines and suspensions if overseas substances are found on them or within their own gloves. The coverage is set to begin June 21.
Glasnow stated there were discussions going back a couple of weeks about a possible increase in injuries when MLB decided to ban whatever helps with traction.
“In my mind that sounds dumb,” Glasnow said. “That sounds like an excuse a player would use to make sure he could use sticky stuff. I threw to the [Washington] Nationals … I did well. I woke up the next day and I was sore in places I didn’t even know I had muscles in.”
Glasnow listed 11 strikeouts over seven innings against the Nationals on June 8 and stated it was one of his better outings this year. For him, it proved he doesn’t need any substances to help his performance — just to help him with his grip.
“Waking up after that start, I was like,’This sucks,'” Glasnow said. “Something is weird here. That same feeling is persisting all week long. I go into my start [Monday] and that same feeling [is there], it pops or whatever the hell happened to my elbow. I feel it. Something happened.
“Do it at the off-season. Give us a opportunity to adjust to this. But I only th